THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
FOR PORT ORANGE TOWN CENTER
CITY OF PORT ORANGE
1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE
APRIL 19, 2011
THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN CENTER REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY was called to order by Chairman Allen Green at 5:33 P.M.
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation – Silent
ROLL CALL: Present: Bob Ford
Chairman Allen Green
Also Present: Kenneth W. Parker, City Manager
Margaret Roberts, City Attorney
Donna Steinebach, Assistant to the City Manager
Robin Fenwick, Deputy City Clerk
B. PUBLIC COMMENTS
4. Approval of Minutes
a. Regular Meeting held January 18, 2011
b. Special Meeting held February 22, 2011
c. Special Meeting held March 15, 2011
Motion made by Dennis Kennedy, and seconded by Bob Pohlmann, to approve the Minutes. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.
5. Annual Report Presentation – FY 2009-2010
Donna Steinebach, Assistant to the City Manager, presented the annual report of the activities and the financial status. Successes were discussed as outlined in the written materials. The year closed with no movement on Seabird Island or Intercoastal Marina.
Chairman Green advised that he spoke with a man/potential investor who wants to know who owns which properties. Ms. Steinebach advised that she can plot out a map showing who owns which properties if that would be helpful.
Mr. Talluto asked who would be responsible for paying for paying for medians and walk lights, which is a million dollar project. Ms. Steinebach says some responsibility is with FDOT, some would be paid through grants, and the City and/or CRA would be responsible for maintenance. Mr. Talluto asked if this project would fall under the “shovel ready program” from the federal government. Ms. Steinebach said she is not sure what the criteria is but it's definitely a shovel ready program. Mr. Parker advised that it doesn't qualify because it needs to be on the TPO's priority list before it will qualify.
Mr. Talluto asked what is going on with US1. He feels a new developer in Town Center will have a hard time getting a tenant because rents are low because of the codes. Mr. Parker says the codes are the same and there have been several businesses that have opened in that area. Staff will put together a list for the Board of those businesses.
Chairman Green believes the Ridgewood and Dunlawton medians are horrible and feels the City needs to get some emergency funds to fix them.
Councilman Ford doesn’t know what the weed beds are but he agrees with Chairman Green to get those cleaned up. He thinks the City/CRA should work on a plan B in case plan A doesn't work with the big developer.
Mr. Burnette agrees that there probably won't be one big project, but more smaller projects. He questions who will go first. He believes that the momentum will then grow. He asked how many properties the City purchased last year. Ms. Steinebach said just the funeral home. Mr. Burnette asked if there were any new interim uses in last three months. Ms. Steinebach said no.
Mr. Pohlmann referred to page 5 of the written report and a discussion relating to revenue was held.
Mr. Kennedy asked how much the hospital pays. Mr. Parker said Staff can get a breakdown.
Councilman Ford asked if the property would have to be rezoned for a bowling alley. Ms. Steinebach advised that there would need to be some changes for a family center, but that's what we've discussed already about being flexible.
Mr. Parker believes the most important thing is the comp plan and land use itself, not zoning. The family entertainment center fit into the comp plan. Mr. Kennedy asked if the bowling alley was a viable project. Mr. Parker said yes, it was part of a larger project. He doesn’t know if they will bring it forward as a proposal or not. Mr. Talluto believes there has been little done along US 1 by Harbor Oaks and Allendale. The City/CRA needs to get the business owners to paint their buildings and do some landscaping and get homeowners to work on their homes, too.
Chairman Green there are a lot of items that can be done to improve the look of the buildings. Mr. Parker advised that the buildings need to follow the Florida Building Code.
Chairman Green asked about the painting program. Ms. Steinebach explained the program and advised that she has received several applications.
Chairman Green agrees with Member Talluto that code enforcement needs to do something.
6. Quarterly Update – 1st Quarter FY 2009/2010
Ms. Steinebach presented the quarterly report, advising that the sign at US 1 and Dunlawton is there and contracts are in place to get it completed.
7. Authorization to Issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Redevelopment Projects in the Riverwalk Area – RFP #11-14 Final Version
Mr. Parker explained that the advertisement for the RFP was sent out and title work is being done by the City Attorney. He would like the CRA to meet on May 3rd to finalize the RFP. Ms. Steinebach advised that the dates are blank so that the CRA Board can give guidance regarding the review process and timelines. Board agrees to on May 3, 2011.
ADJOURNMENT: 6:30 P.M.
Chairman Allen Green